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I hate cleaning. So, I’ll find something to listen to while I’m cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming or doing the kitchen. It’s not that I don’t like silence. I love it. For example, when I’m working it has to be quiet. It’s just that I hate cleaning and like something to take my mind from what I’m doing. 

While I’m cleaning I’ll listen to just about anything. I think I subscribe to about twenty podcasts. I believe that I can learn something from anyone or anything.

Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a writer, and a speaker. Some of his stuff is really interesting. Some of it isn’t – IMHO. I think sometimes that he gets so down in the weeds that no one else’s thought processes can possibly follow him. When that happens, I just segue to something else.

However, I was listening to one of his lectures while cleaning the tub the other day and something struck me as brilliant. Not because it’s new under the sun, but because it’s rare to hear a clinical psychologist say something so practical and, well, true.

I’m paraphrasing because I’m too lazy to find the places and transcribe the words exactly.

Two things:

You can’t fix yourself by fixing anyone else.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve fallen into that trap. “If only he would…” Nope, doesn’t work that way.

Life is hard. It’s filled with suffering. You’ll suffer in your life, but you can do it. You’re strong enough.

Life is occasionally hard. However, I think it’s unusual to hear a mental health professional (and I include a practicing psychologist in that field) come out and say it so baldly. It was refreshing.

All in all he made cleaning the bathroom educational. Have you listened to any of his lectures or interviews?